National Jewish Health is known worldwide for treatment of patients with respiratory, cardiac, immune and related disorders, and for groundbreaking medical research. Located in Denver, CO, National Jewish Health is currently ranked by U.S. News & World Report as the #1 hospital in the Pulmonology category.
The COPD Program at National Jewish Health is the region’s only full-service program designed to help patients manage their disease effectively and to live full and active lives. The COPD Program offers comprehensive and individualized evaluation, treatment, rehabilitation, and education for patients at all stages of COPD.
National Jewish Health is at the forefront of COPD research and education. Our physicians and researchers participated in the ECLIPSE study that highlighted some of the predictors of acute exacerbations of COPD (AECOPD).
National Jewish Health was selected as one of 21 study centers for the NHLBI-funded COPDGene™ study, one of the largest studies ever to examine genetic factors underlying COPD. NJH investigators involved in this study presented research abstracts at the 2010 and 2011 American Thoracic Society meetings and have publications about AECOPD in press.
In 2011 and 2012, NJH collaborated with a federally qualified health center (FQHC) in Colorado to develop a Performance Improvement Continuing Medical Education (PI CME) initiative, The COPD Toolkit. This initiative was designed to improve the care of low-income and bilingual COPD patients by providing multidisciplinary training and patient education materials to providers and teams. Ninety-four percent (94%) of providers surveyed said following the program, they are better able to treat their patients with COPD.
National Jewish Health has been accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) since its inception in 1984. In December 2011, National Jewish Health received Accreditation with Commendation from the ACCME. This is the highest level of accreditation through the ACCME awarded to CME providers. National Jewish Health was commended not only for meeting the ACCME’s Accreditation requirements, but also for demonstrating that the institution is a learning organization and a change agent for the physicians we serve.